Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Records
Best Song: "Clique"
Some said Cruel Summer was disappointing, lacking the distinctive vision and quality control Kanye has always provided. Is he too preoccupied with Kim? Or maybe he's uninspired? Or maybe it's great, and everyone who feels differently is wrong. The debate isn't ending anytime soon, but the fact that his album is of such importance to rap fans, says it all. G.O.O.D. Music made a massive statement on Cruel Summer and the album stand alongside hip-hop's best crew albums for the rest of time.